The truth is that everything has it's place on the Earth, every concept has something to give us... I love them both, but there are some significant differences and we will give you a science grounded information and our (as well as other raw foodist's) experience about the subject.
Smoothies are made with blender, the fruit and some green leaves are blended whole (no fat, no avocado, no almond milk please!) with some liquid like water or coconut water or even orange juice. All nutrients, fibre and water are blended in and our body can profit from all that richness. Juices are made with juice extractor (centrifugal or cold-press) and all fibre is separated from the produce. That's the first and the most important difference!
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Smoothies are, on the contrary, a whole meal. You cannot live on juices only for the whole life, but you can totally thrive on green and fruit smoothies alone!
From my experience, and we are eating raw 80/10/10 style since years now, whenever we drink a lot of juices (every morning for example), we feel more tired, our digestion is more sluggish, we have less energy and we sleep more, my skin tends to be very dry as well. I love green juices and I drink them from time to time, but I don't base my nutrition on juices and greens.
I asked for some opinion on this very contradictory subject Dr Douglas Graham and he explained that juices are ok if your diet is more SAD like and it will be an improvement, but for the raw vegan low fat diet lovers who eat principally whole fruit and veggies, juice is a step back, it's no longer a whole food. I do strongly agree with his opinion and my body just show me the path...
I do enjoy a lot of orange juice lately, sometimes with barley grass juice powder mixed in and a couple of times per week we are doing a green juice (mostly cucumber and celery) before we're doing some sport and we have our regular breakfast later. In that order it works very well. But I also love snacking on cucumber and celery along with my lunch fruit plate, with or without juice I have a lot of them.
The whole fruit is even more nutritious in my opinion: it gives you not only vitamins, minerals, fibre, calories, protein and good fat (yes fruit has a little bit of fat as well) but also a perfectly structured water by Nature itself. Fruit carries a very high vibration from the Sun and introduces this vibrant and pure Energy into our cells as well. It's not just excellent cell nutrition but also a whole nutrition for our mind, for our emotions, for our soul...
As therapists, fruit based diet helps us today being very clear-sighted and accurate... What's more, Abel is able to "channel" energy to Sacred Forms in order to make them active and powerful for you and it's VERY demanding mission.
For me, eating fruit helped me recover from a very severe Crone disease that almost killed me in my early twenties... Today I have ENERGY to work, do some sport, my cycle is back and very regular since and I feel so vibrant and joyful...
To sum up: juice is not growing in the Nature... but the whole fruit is! You treat yourself with it's awesome flesh and you sow it's seed. The Life goes on... For me it has a lot of sense.
Have some smoothie, have some juice!
With lot's of love
Karolina and Abel
And what do you prefer? Juice or smoothie?
Juicing for Health https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gJIAx7RfmU